Harry Winston opened his doors in 1932 and began transforming diamonds in a modern way.
Mr. Winston’s most famous act of philanthropy is his donation of the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution. Mr. Winston purchased the legendary stone from the estate of Evalyn Walsh McLean in 1949—previous owners included Marie Antoinette and Louis XIV—and first put it on tour to raise money for charity, and then in 1958 Mr. Winston gave it to the Smithsonian as a “gift to the world.”
“Two years ago we renewed Harry Winston’s commitment to giving back by launching a new charitable program, dedicated to inspiring hope in the lives of others around the world,” says Frederic de Narp, president & CEO of Harry Winston. “Through this commitment it is our goal to provide support to organizations that are meaningful to our local communities, and like our founder, reflects our belief that hope is the key to building brilliant futures.”
The Harry Winston Charitable Program is comprised of corporate giving (direct donations to nonprofits in the areas surrounding the global salons) and the Harry Winston Hope Foundation, which provides grants to nonprofits that focus on giving quality education to youth. Right now, the Hope Foundation is focused on helping children in China through donations to the International Youth Foundation and the China Youth Development Foundation, which provides schools with a curriculum focused on better communication skills and better work habits.
Harry Winston Brilliant Futures provides access to cultural enrichment, and supports the Robin Hood Foundation in NYC through after-school and college preparedness programs as well as employee volunteers attending field trips and practicing college interviews with students.
Harry Winston has a flagship store on East Oak Street.